HS Football Week 6 Preview: Greenon, Greenview to play for division title

Knights have shut out last two opponents

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Greenon enters the final week of the six-game regular season with a chance to win the South Division of the Ohio Heritage Conference for the second straight season.

Greenon and Greeneview (both 4-1 overall) are 4-0 in the division and play in Jamestown on Friday in the final week of the six-game regular season. Both lost by double digits in Week 1 to North Division teams. Both have dominated in the last four weeks.

Greenon has outscored its division opponents 161-28. Greeneview has a 142-28 scoring advantage inside the division.

“We’re excited again about the opportunity,” Greenon coach Josh Wooten said, “and we really put ourselves in this position, which is where we want this program. Our kids understand that. They are comfortable with with that system. But we’ve got a tough one. They’re a tough opponent. Coach (Ryan) Haines does a great job over there with their offense and defense. It’s going to be a great Friday night football game. With the craziness of this year, we’re just glad we have the opportunity to play.”

Defensive end Zack Stevens leads the Greenon defense with 47 tackles and 4½ sacks. Defensive back Aaron Karg has three interceptions. Linebacker Kameron Cox has 46 tackles and two sacks.

Quarterback Evan Davis leads the offense. Has eight touchdown passes and one interception. He took over when three-year starter Cade Rice transferred to Northmont.

“He’s done well,” Wooten said. “The best thing he’s done for us is he hasn’t turned the ball over. He’s eliminated mistakes, and he’s made some really good decisions. He’s not putting putting our defense in bad situations because of his decision making.”

Trevor Stewart, who has rushed for 387 yards and six touchdowns, and Cox, who has 315 rushing yards and three touchdowns, have also played a big part in the offensive success. Bass Moore (19 catches for 328 yards and five touchdowns) and Clay Hough (17 catches for 259 yards and two touchdowns) lead the receivers.

Senior kicker Nathan Hawks has continued his record-breaking career. He has made 5 of 7 field goals, including a 50-yard kick against Catholic Central.

Hawks scored his 200th career point last week and made his 64th consecutive PAT, breaking his previous record of 63.

Greenon has shut out its last two opponents, beating Cedarville 45-0 and Southeastern 42-0. The defense calls itself the “black shirts” and wants nine to 11 players pursuing the ball carrier on every play.

“We’ve got speed across the board at every position,” Wooten said. “The kids have done what what we expected that they should do in those games that we play. But that’s really what it comes down to is the kids putting themselves in the right position and just flying to the ball. That’s something that we preach to our boys."

Here’s a look at the other area games:

Shawnee (3-2) at Kenton Ridge: This game was postponed to Nov. 6.

“We did have a COVID positive,” Kenton Ridge Athletic Director Kris Spriggs said Thursday, “and after talking with Shawnee thought postponing was the best decision.”

The six-game regular season ends Friday, and the playoffs begin next week, though teams can elect to schedule more games after they’re eliminated from the playoffs.

Springfield (4-1) at Beavercreek (0-5): Springfield won this game 61-0 last season and has won four straight games in the series. The Wildcats rank 10th in Division I in the state poll.

Tecumseh (2-3) at Bellefontaine (2-3): Bellefontaine has won seven straight games in the series.

Graham (5-0) at Northwestern (1-4): Graham clinched at least a tie for the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division championship last week and can clinch the outright title by beating Northwestern, which has won three straight games in the series.

Indian Lake (2-3) at Urbana (0-5): Indian Lake won this game 49-13 last season after a 35-0 loss in 2018.

Catholic Central (0-5) at Madison Plains (2-3): Catholic Central quarterback Ty Myers Jr. connected with Trey King for two fourth-quarter touchdown passes last week in a 36-14 loss to Cedarville.

West Liberty-Salem (3-2) at Mechanicsburg (5-0): Mechanicsburg, ranked third in the state in Division VI, has outscored opponents 218-57.

Triad (1-4) at Northeastern (1-4): The teams have split the last four games in the series.

Cedarville (1-4) at Southeastern (1-4): Southeastern has won five straight games in the series. Both teams beat Catholic Central for their only victory this season.

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